.syms. (pronounced like rhymes)
Northern Michigan University [Genre:Hip-Hop]
Born & raised a Gemini in Michigan's Upper Peninsula (Ishpeming), .syms. (pronounced like rhymes) has been motivated by inspirational speakers, art, and music since birth. He produces his own music, writes lyrics & poetry, paints, and records all of his own material out of his home.
In 2000, he was the first "hip-hop"/spoken word artist to bring his sound to the streets of the desolate terrain of the U.P. His first single "Time" was a huge hit throughout Marquette County and beyond. Following came a personally touching track entitled "Hollow Breath" which was a tribute/message to his deceased father, Michael A. Symons. Another track which gained much attention was the potent ".poetic.mathematics." and his infamous spoken word outro in which he used background music from the movie "Requiem For A Dream".
He is a pioneer...with his poetic showmanship, passion, and honesty. He had the courage, or some might say "balls", to get up in front of an audience and introduce them to hip-hop in a area where hip-hop was definitely NOT accepted; nor a "normal" thing to hear in a bar or any venue at that. After a few years of recording and performing, he took some down time to work on more music, write, and then began painting a random collection that he entitles: the j. symons collection.
After more than a year or so 'perfecting' his craft he's recorded songs such as "Genetics" featuring a soulful Ja'Vese Cardoni, "back", "WHAT WE DO", "tHERapy", "Ignorant Art", "ON MY MIND" and others.
Life, Energy, Passion, Color, Art, the Spoken Word, The One i Love (MIss), My Mother, Family, Friends, One Love, shal, sRj, Ishpeming & the U.P. (for inspiration), Saul Williams, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Talib Kweli, Ye, Maya Angelou, Ani Difranco, Dead Logic, Kurt Cobain, DMX, Jackson Pollock, Martin Luther King Jr., Abbie Hoffman, Miguel Pinero, Portishead, Tupac Shakur, A Perfect Circle, Wassily Kandinsky, Zack de la Rocha, Tori Amos, DJ Shadow, Radiohead, Wu-Tang, RedHotChiliPeppers, Jack Kerouac, Frank Sinatra, Sonia Sanchez, life experiences and all that exists to persist...
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